Thoughts for a New Year

Thoughts for a New Year January 2, 2008

Powerful thoughts from Eugene Peterson’s introduction to 1, 2 and 3rd John in his biblical paraphrase The Message:

“The two most difficult things to get straight in life are love and God. More often than not, the mess people make of their lives can be traced to failure or stupidity or meanness in one or both of these areas. The basic and biblical Christian conviction is that the two subjects are intricately related. If we want to deal with God the right way, we have to learn to love the right way. If we want to love the right way, we have to deal with God the right way. God and love can’t be separated.”


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  • Courtney

    :)

  • Courtney

    :)

  • Chuck

    It’s interesting that the subjects of love and God, or at least love and religion, are intricately related in a number of religious traditions. Your quote from Eugene Peterson reminded me of a prominent Zen Buddhist quote about the path to happiness:

    “The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both.”

  • Chuck

    It’s interesting that the subjects of love and God, or at least love and religion, are intricately related in a number of religious traditions. Your quote from Eugene Peterson reminded me of a prominent Zen Buddhist quote about the path to happiness:

    “The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both.”